This peace-wishing event is arguably ‘Vietnam’s merriest festival’

TUOI TRE NEWS

Updated : 06/06/2017 15:11 GMT + 7

A photographer believes that the Dai Ky Yen Festival in the Mekong Delta region of southern Vietnam is the country’s ‘merriest festival’.

Photographer Huynh Phuc Hau has captured photos of a Dai Ky Yen celebration in his hometown in Binh Thuy Commune, Chau Phu District of An Giang Province.

The Dai Ky Yen (Wish for Peace) Festival is an annual Tuletary God Worshipping event that takes place every year on the ninth and tenth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar.

It is a time for locals to express their gratitude to the founders and protectors of their village as well as pray for favorable weather and abundant crops.

On the occasion, villagers gather at the village hall to witness sacred ceremonies and take part in traditional community-based activities.

During festive days, numerous other events are also planned, such as folk-song singing competitions, lion dancing, boat racing, martial arts performances and cosplay.

Young villagers in tribal make-up at the Dai Ky Yen Festival in Binh Thuy Commune, Chau Phu District, An Giang Province, June 3-4, 2017. Photo: Huynh Phuc Hau

According to Hau, the festival has been observed for a long time, though in recent years it has taken on a more relaxed and fun-loving tone as the living conditions of locals have improved.

This year, the Dai Ky Yen Festival in Binh Thuy was held on June 3 and 4, marking the 234th anniversary of the village’s foundation in 1782.

From early Saturday morning, a procession honoring the Tuletary God made its way past every household in the village where delicious offerings had been prepared by the villagers.

The procession was led by a Tuletary God vehicle, followed by those of local officials and elders and lastly by young villagers in tribal dress-up.

According to photographer Huynh Phuc Hau, the tribal dress pays tribute to the ancient tribes that originally inhabited the area.

Recently they had given the procession a more creative twist, including more colorful costumes and cosplay of mermaids and haunted dolls, Hau said.

Check out the photos captured by Huynh Phuc Hau at the Dai Ky Yen Festival in Binh Thuy Commune, Chau Phu District, An Giang Province, June 3-4, 2017.

The Tuletary God procession

The Tuletary God procession

Young villagers in tribal make-up

Young villagers in tribal make-up

Young villagers in tribal make-up

Youths participate in a canoe race.

Spectators on a makeshift boat made from banana trees

Spectators on a makeshift boat made from banana trees

Young villagers in tribal make-up

Two spectators sit under an umbrella to cheer for canoe racers.

Locals cheer for canoe racers.

Youths participate in a canoe race.

The village hall of Binh Thuy Commune, Chau Phu District, An Giang Province

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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